History is well stocked with instances of how the government agencies and the people involved in the criminal activities keep a race like cat and mice. With a lot of fanbase, the agencies declare that they have solved a particular crime by closing down the illegal operation. But soon enough another set of the activities will grow since loopholes are always found out by the cyber criminals. On June 2017, the United States Department of Justice have managed to forcefully shut down the leading darknet market, AlphaBay. On the next month, under the influence of a global law enforcement operation, Hansa darknet market which is believed to be one of the top darknet websites was shut down. All the illegal activities such as the transaction of drugs, guns and the other goods were paralysed. However, the impact seems to be short lasting.
There existed a general perception after the shutdown of Hansa and AlphaBay darknet marketplace, that the people who used these marketplaces will have difficulties in carrying on the business and this might lead to the slowdown of the relevant activities. Rather, these darknet users have moved to other websites like the Dream Market which even has seen a massive growth in the fanbase and memberships since the takedowns of both darknet marketplaces, Hansa and AlphaBay.
Some of the studies have shown that the shutdowns generally take place after the online drug markets are compromised by the law enforcement. It has even been estimated that the Dream market has suddenly grown a lot with the increased number of product listings to 100,000 in a relatively short time span. In some way or the other, the operations of the darknet market, Dream Market is quite identical in nature to the various other websites that are dealing with the similar products.